Friday, 6 September 2019

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Robert Troy


767. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the studies or reports being carried out by her Department or commissioned by her regarding Brexit; the organisation commissioned for each such report; and the cost and publication date in tabular form. [36868/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Government’s recently updated contingency planning continues to be firmly grounded in the extensive work and outreach that has already been undertaken by individual Departments and agencies, as well as by stakeholder organisations, academics and others. 

My Department has conducted a number of research projects to build an understanding of the possible implications of Brexit on Ireland for enterprise and our trading relations. These studies provide an evidence base to inform Ireland’s policy positions as part of the wider negotiation on the UK’s future relationship with the EU and have further inform our domestic policy response to Brexit. The details of the Brexit related research undertaken by my Department is as follows:




Research by

Publication Date

B & A Survey – Brexit the Views of Irish SMEs

DBEI has commissioned Behaviour and Attitudes (B&A) to conduct a series of surveys on Irish SMEs and Brexit. The surveys were conducted between January 2017, and March 2019.  The surveys examined the overall impact Brexit is having and could have on Irish SMEs. B & A is scheduled to conduct another survey in September 2019.

Expenditure to date:


2017 €97,017.50

2018 €30,742.85

2019 €49,556.70



Total of €177,318.05


(All figures are inclusive of VAT)

Behaviour and Attitudes Ltd.

22 January 2018



14 September 2018

Intermediate Goods Inputs & the UK Content of Irish Goods Export Study

This report examined the reliance of Irish imports on the UK and identified the extent of exposure to potential disruptions post-Brexit.

€30,000 (inclusive of VAT)

Economic and Social research Institute

6 July 2018

Irish-UK Services Trade and Brexit Study

This report estimated the contribution of EU membership to services trade flows and examined the exposure of Irish services sectors to potential disruptions post-Brexit.

€10,000 (inclusive of VAT)

Economic and Social research Institute

6 July 2018

Firm Level Impact of Brexit on Most Exposed Sectors

This research examines the firm level implications of the UK being outside of the European Single Market and Customs Union for Ireland’s most exposed enterprise sectors.

€69,000 (excluding VAT)

DBEI and Deloitte

13 June 2018

Addressing the Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Implications of Brexit (EGFSN)

This study examines the skills challenges arising from Brexit’s potential trade implications, and how they might best be addressed.

€55,510 (excluding VAT)


14 June 2018

Ireland and the Impacts of Brexit: Strategic Implications for Ireland arising from changing EU-UK Trading patterns.

Profile trade and investment to highlight dependence at sectoral level; Quantify impact of various scenarios on trade and investment; Develop policy options for Ireland – negotiations and enterprise (mitigation) policies.


(excluding VAT)

Copenhagen Economics

13 February 2018

In addition, InterTrade Ireland – a Cross-Border Body that receives funding from my Department - has published reports on Cross-Border Trade and Supply Chain Linkages; Export Participation and Performance of Firms on the Island of Ireland; Shock Absorption Capacity of Firms in Ireland and Northern Ireland; and Potential Impact of WTO Tariffs on Cross-Border Trade. Also, InterTrade Ireland is due to publish a report on the Analysis of the UK “No Deal” Tariff Schedule in the Context of Cross-Border Trade soon.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission – which is under the remit of my Department - has just published a new survey related to Brexit and Online Shopping with the UK. It had previously published a report (2018) on the Potential Impact of Brexit on Consumer Prices.